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Wildwood Goddess Photoshoot: Facing the Sun

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Wildwood Goddess Photoshoot: Facing the Sun

This is Part 4 of a 5-part series on the fashion editorial photoshoot I did with Hooton Images. Here are the previous posts relating to the fashion editorial:

Part One: Introduction explaining why I did the fashion editorial 

Part Two: the “Trapped” set

Part Three: the “Warrior” set

I will add a link to the final post in the fashion editorial series when it’s up. Subscribe to the blog (right sidebar) to be notified when new posts are available.

Gaia

Wildwood Goddess Photoshoot: Lioness

There is a time to fight

to rage

to hunt with the

skill of a lioness

to wage a private war

against the darkness

of the soul

and fears

and lies

that bind the heart

and wound the mind

for all of this

there is a time

 

Wildwood Goddess Photoshoot: Walking in Light

But now I walk

bathed in light,

The hours are golden

And I am right to take off

the armor,

lay down the spear

the more I stop caring

about what you think

the less I fear

the dark

the more I embrace

who I really am

and fall in love with living,

the more I am at peace.

 

Wildwood Goddess Photoshoot: I SeeI see you now in a different light

the candles, the fight, the way

you saw me and

how I saw myself

it wasn’t right—any of it—

broken, jagged shards

making you my enemy

when what we really are

and always will be

are fellow wanderers

on this journey

together

 

Wildwood Goddess Photoshoot: Resting

I close my eyes to rest,

to breathe

for once not haunted

by what I’ve been told

by what I’ve seen

or the fears of what will happen

if I dare to be

more than what you thought

I should.

 Wildwood Goddess Photoshoot: Dreaming

I dream

of love that burns away

the hate and lies

a love so strong

that judgment dies

and all that remains

is the fiery knowledge

that there is a time

to learn to be wise

to open my eyes to what is true:

that you,

that I,

we are part of something good

sacred

divine

and beneath all the pain

that drives us apart

what matters is

I must see your heart.

Wildwood Goddess Photoshoot: Eyes Open

If you like my writing, you should check out my books! My latest project is a young adult steampunk fantasy. You can read an excerpt here on my Books page or read the whole story in installments by following me on Wattpad

View the entire “Flowers” set from the fashion editorial on the Wildwood Goddess Photoshoot page. All fashion editorial photos are ©Hooton Images and are owned exclusively by Meredith Rose. They may be pinned on Pinterest, but please credit Hooton Images in the description. 

©Meredith Rose, 2013. You may link to this post or share it online, but you may not download, repost, or use in any way the poem or photos without written permission of the author. 

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Wildwood Goddess Photoshoot: Facing the Enemy

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This is Part 3 of a 5-part series on the fashion editorial photoshoot I did with Hooton Images. Read part one here (intro), part two here (the “Trapped” photo set), and part four here (the “Flowers” photo set). I will add links to the other posts relating to the fashion editorial once all of them are up. Subscribe to the blog (right sidebar) to be notified when new posts are available.

Minerva

Wildwood Goddess Photoshoot: Who I AmThey think they know me.

They’ve got me filed, slotted, defined.

Fenced in by the color of my skin

my hair

my eyes

the size of the gap between my thighs

and my waist-to-hip ratio.

 

They think they can

tell me who I am

because anyone who says the things I say

can only be a certain way.

It has to fit the pattern.

 

Wildwood Goddess Photoshoot: ArmorFools. They only see the things

I let them see.

It’s all body armor, down to the last dangly earring

protection from prying eyes and sharp tongues

a shield for my heart.

They can’t see inside of me

where every day I do battle

against the echoes of their voices

their faithful soldiers warring on

long after they have gone.

 

Wildwood Goddess Photoshoot: Silent BattleI fight their quiet whispers.

A sword makes no sound as it slices through flesh,

so it is with words

and images

the unspoken ways they have

of cutting up my heart.

 

I fight

a silent battle

against their judgment

against their hate

against the part of me that waits

for them to change and wants their love.

I battle that most of all.

 

I’ve come to see

they’re not my enemy

not really.

It’s me.

But I’m still trying to find

a suit of armor for my mind.

Can I negotiate a truce

for peace

or will this struggle never cease

between the part of me that’s soft and cares

what they believe

and this warrior rising up, she

who laughs at their demands

like a goddess

who doesn’t give a damn?

Wildwood Goddess Photoshoot: Warrior Rising

If you enjoyed this poem, please give my books a try too! Right now, I’m writing a young adult steampunk fantasy. You can read an excerpt here on my Books page or read the whole story in installments by following me on Wattpad

View the entire “Warrior” set from the fashion editorial on the Wildwood Goddess Photoshoot page. All photos from the fashion editorial are ©Hooton Images and are owned exclusively by Meredith Rose. They may be pinned on Pinterest, but please credit Hooton Images in the description. 

©Meredith Rose, 2013. You may link to this post or share it online, but you may not download, repost, or use in any way the poem or photos without written permission of the author. 

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Wildwood Goddess Photoshoot: Facing the Dark

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This is Part 2 of a 5-part series on the fashion editorial photoshoot I did with Hooton Images. Read part one here–it explains what the fashion editorial was all about. Part 3 is here: Facing the EnemyPart 4 is here: Facing the Sun. I will add links to the other posts once all of them are up. Subscribe to the blog (right sidebar) to be notified when new posts are available.

Nyx

Meredith Rose Wildwood Goddess Photoshoot photoFear the night

dark impulses of

passion

dream-drenched mist

curling at the edge

of wakeful thoughts

 

Stay near the fire

don’t question the light

it’s everything that makes

man good and right

and safe and

all that the wild things

can never be

even though they

not you

are free.
Meredith Rose Wildwood Goddess Photoshoot Photo

Be beautiful

but don’t be vain

you’re here to

fill our eyes

and flame

desire

in your cage of

candlelight

hide yourself

the sight

of you

makes shadows

of us all

it’s your fault

that we fall

 

Meredith Rose Wildwood Goddess Photoshoot photo

You’re everything

we love

we hate

ideal

shame

you captivate

 

Be more

yet less

be good

yet never good enough

think

but not too deeply

lest you hear the voice

inside you

saying

 

Meredith Rose Wildwood Goddess Photoshoot Photo

It’s time

to leave

this cage of man-made light

where nothing you do

will ever be good

or right or beautiful

enough

it’s time

to cut the vines of fear

 

The night

is beauty too

and you

cannot be free

as long as you

are here.

Meredith Rose Wildwood Goddess Photoshoot Photo

Did you enjoy this poem? Then I’d love to show you my books! I’m especially excited about my current project: a young adult steampunk fantasy. You can read an excerpt here on my Books page or read the whole story in installments by following me on Wattpad

View the entire “Trapped” set from the fashion editorial on the Wildwood Goddess Photoshoot page.  All fashion editorial photos are ©Hooton Images and are owned exclusively by Meredith Rose. They may be pinned on Pinterest, but please credit Hooton Images in the description. 

©Meredith Rose, 2013. You may link to this post or share it online, but you may not download, repost, or use in any way the poem or fashion editorial photos without written permission of the author. 

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Wildwood Goddess Photoshoot: Facing the Camera

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This is Part 1 of a 5-part series on the photoshoot. You can find the other parts of this series here:

Part 2: Facing the Dark (“Trapped” set)

Part 3: Facing the Enemy (“Warrior” set)

Part 4: Facing the Sun (“Flower” set)

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In June, 2013, an eclectic group of eight descended on a seedy extended-stay hotel outside Council Bluffs, IA. Their mission: to transform a weedy vacant lot into a magical wildwood, and to transform a geeky fantasy novelist into a goddess.

This is the Wildwood Goddess Photoshoot, a fashion photography editorial by Hooton Images. 

Okay, so it wasn’t exactly the Fellowship of the Ring, but it was darn close. We had among us the following:

  • The Photographers: Heather and Jameson Hooton, the talented force of Hooton Images, creating kick-ass fashion photography in Omaha, NE.
  • The Wardrobe Stylist: Cora Leigh, designer and stylist, with a knack of finding the most amazing stuff on Etsy and vintage stores.
  • The Hair and Make-up Artist: Michelle Beran, who took me from “just got up” to “Wildwood Goddess” in the space of an hour. She spent the afternoon battling uncooperative hair extensions and racing the clock so we could get the perfect sundown shots.
  • The Intern: Uh…what was her real name? Everyone just called her “Intern.” Oh, that’s right–Hannah Kerr! (Just kidding, Hannah–we adore you!) Hannah is an emerging photographer of fashion photography in her own right and she was an essential part of the team for this shoot. She’s got the most adorable pink taser–and at one point nearly had to use it! (Creepy guy in elevator–eek!)
  • The Supportive Spouse: My husband Jason, who did everything from hanging birdcages from trees to chasing away dodgy-looking men. He couldn’t have been more wonderful.
  • The Creative Daughter: My then-12 year old daughter, Catrin, came with us for the day to take behind-the-scenes videos and snapshots and to help in any other way she could. It was a long day and she was fabulous.
  • The Novelist-turned-Model: That’s me! For a day, I got to be the model. It was harder work than I expected, but nothing compared to how hard everyone else worked.

Behind-the-Scenes: Meredith being silly

Such a nerd! Kissey, kissey!

I am the last person I would have ever thought would do a fantasy fashion photography editorial shoot. In high school, I was the geek, never the fashionista. My strength has always been my mind, not my body. When I looked in the mirror, all I saw was a geeky, flawed, and odd-looking girl with crooked teeth, spotty skin, glasses, and a less-than-Hollywood figure.

But over time, I learned that my feet could dance, my voice could sing, and my hands and my eyes have artistic ability I never knew about. I could tell a story with color and shape and texture, not just words.

As I became an adult and grew more confident about my own style (yes, it took well into my adult life for that to happen), I would see beautiful fashion photography in magazines, and I thought–why shouldn’t that be me? Why not give it a try?

Michelle Beran doing Meredith's hair extensions

That’s Michelle Beran, make-up artist extraordinaire, putting in my hair extensions.

It was an intimidating thought: Me? Model in a fashion photography shoot? Just having professional headshots done for my book covers was stressful enough. But I realized I needed to do this–needed to challenge myself and my commitment to accepting and celebrating the gift of my body. So that settled it. I may not be what fashion designers are looking for to model their next line of clothing, but dammit–I’m worth photographing anyway!

My husband used to say that he wished I could see myself as he sees me, just for a minute. By facing the dark eye of the camera, by letting go of my fear, that finally happened. Far from being the judging, revealing force I always had run from, the camera showed me a version of myself far kinder and more profound than I had been able to see with my own eyes.

Meredith Rose photo

I am beautiful. I am flawed. And some days, the beauty seems to be deeply buried somewhere (maybe in the same place all my missing socks are). But my body is a gift and worthy of being loved and cared for. And yes, even photographed, like art. Because it is.

Heather and Jameson told me that fashion photography and editorials should tell a story. Being a teller of stories already, that worked great for me. I took that advice more literally (pun!) than probably most people would, and actually came up with a simple narrative that we used to group the photoshoot into sets.

The Wildwood Goddess photos tell MY story, and the story of so many women. A story of feeling trapped–by fear, by insecurities, by the expectations and repression of our culture. A story of learning to break away, to fight, to find our inner strength, confidence, to become the people we were meant to be. And a story of finally reaching that place of peace and rest, of knowing who we are and being able to live in that knowledge without striving.

Over the next three weeks, you’ll get to experience that story for yourself. For now, if you’d like to see the series of headshots we did or find out more about the photoshoot, take a look at the Wildwood Goddess photoshoot page.

Meredith Rose photo

If you enjoyed this post, you should try my fiction, too! My latest project is a young adult steampunk fantasy. You can read an excerpt here on my Books page or read the whole story in installments by following me on Wattpad

All professional photos are ©Hooton Images and are owned exclusively by Meredith Rose. They may be pinned on Pinterest, but please credit Hooton Images in the description. 

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